MerleFest will celebrate 35 years with a 2023 lineup headed by The Avett Brothers, Maren Morris, and Black Opry Revue. The roots festival is set for April 27th–30th on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC.
Next year’s gathering will have another reason to celebrate with the 100th birthday of bluegrass forefather and festival founder Doc Watson. Organizers plan to highlight MerleFest’s storied history with unique collaborations as a tribute to both the event and its late founder.
The lineup also includes award-winning MerleFest veterans and bluegrass luminaries Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Peter Rowan. The rest of the initial lineup is rounded out by Andy May, Banknotes, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Donna the Buffalo, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Smothers, Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Mark Bumgarner, Mitch Greenhill & Mitch’s Kitchen, Pete & Joan Wernick, Presley Barker, Roy Book Binder, Scythian, T. Michael Coleman, The InterACTive Theater of Jef, The Waybacks, Tony Williamson, and Wayne Henderson.
North Carolina’s native sons The Avett Brothers will perform MerleFest on Friday, followed by country superstar and Highwoman Maren Morris on Saturday, and finally the cultural collective Black Opry Revue on Sunday.
Tickets for MerleFest 2023 are on sale now. For general admission passes, camping, parking, patio and reserved seating, and more visit the festival website.